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In a Better World (2011)

In a Better World

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

April 01, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

119 min.

Studio

Sony Pictures Classics

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Susanne Bier

Producer

Sisse Graum Jorgensen

Screenwriter

Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen

Starring

  • Mikael Persbrandt
  • Trine Dyrholm
  • Ulrich Thomsen
  • Markus Rygaard
  • William Johnk Nielsen

Story


Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..Bier's inviting film asks but doesn't answer: Is the male urge for violence innate? Is it passed from father to son? And if it is, how can we teach our children well?..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..would have only been a somber, self-serious film about the ethics of violence..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
“..feels a little too overstuffed in terms of all those significant actions and fateful reactions..”
by Michael Rechtshaffen [Hollywood Reporter]